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What is the difference between white and black PVC pipe?

Hereof, what is the difference between black PVC pipe and white PVC pipe?

The two most common types of plastic pipe, Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) and Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC), have small differences depending on the use, but the main difference is that ABS pipe contains BPA while PVC does not. ABS is always black while PVC is white– and easy way to see the difference quickly.

Furthermore, what is white PVC pipe used for? It’s the white plastic pipe commonly used for plumbing and drainage. PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride, and it’s become a common replacement for metal piping. PVC’s strength, durability, easy installation, and low cost have made it one of the most widely used plastics in the world.

Furthermore, can you mix black and white PVC pipe?

If you‘re plumbing in a new drain or vent and have to join two different kinds of plastic pipe, black ABS and white PVC, don’t assume that you can simply glue them together. Most plumbing codes don’t allow ABS pipe to be solvent-welded (glued) to PVC. Check with your local plumbing inspector.

What is black PVC pipe for?

Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) — Drainage, waste and vent pipes are the usual application for this black pipe material. It’s impact- and heat-resistant, making it ideal for outdoor use. Because many building codes prohibit its use, however, PVC or HDPE pipes are often used instead.

The difference between black and white PVC pipes is the chemical composition of the plastic used in manufacturing them. They are both primarily used for water drainage purposes. White pipe is composed of poly-vinyl chloride, hence the designation of PVC. The black pipe is composed of acylonitrile butadiene styrene.

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  • Black and white drain pipe

    Looking for a little plumbing help here folks.
    I need to remove some drains temporarily to replace a subfloor.
    I will need to cut some of the black ABS drain lines to put the sub floor back in. All the pipe the local Home Depot has is White. Can I mix the two pipe colors? and is there a special adhesive. I think Oatleys has a special product, not sure though.
    I can work high pressure air, water, steam and hydraulics systems, but plumbing seems to mystify me.

    This whole project started out as repainting the back porch. Now I’m redoing the floors to the joists in the back 1/4 of my house.

    Thanks for the help.

    I’d check with manufacturers, as they will know what their glue works with and what it doesn’t. I think the black pipe was banned years back or something like that. I’m not even sure if the two will fit each other. Good luck.

    I don’t know about the correct cement to use but when I left California around 7 years ago the only pipe available for use in drain pipe in my area was the black ABS. I moved to Michigan and in my area the only pipe available is white drain pipe. If you can’t find a cement that matches your needs, there is a rubber coupling with hose clamps on each end that will join the two types together. This should work for you especially since you said that the set up is temporary.

    Check with a local plumbing supply house. your needs are “beyond the borg”.

    The most expensive tool is the one you buy “cheaply” and often.

    I just happen to be in the middle of putting in a new bathroom in our basement. So I did a lot of research on the subject, especially since I have both white and black piping.

    The white piping is PVC, the black is ABS. Both are schedule 40, certified for use in DWV (drain, waste, vent) applications. Some areas do not allow one or the other. Some don’t allow the dissimilar materials to be mixed. You really need to check your code on this one.

    ABS has some limitations with it that PVC does not. It can not be exposed to sunlight or oils (it breaks it down). Not sure that that would ever be an issue in a residential application.

    With ABS you use a solvent glue only. With PVC you use a cleaner/primer then the cement. Each of the cements is only good for the material it is made for. For transitions between the two there is a glue called transition glue (it’s green). Most plumbers (and local codes) will not glue the two together, but use a no hub transition band (the same thing you use to connect PVC/ABS to metal sewer lines). Even with the hub there’s a lot of controversy saying that the two expand/contract differently and shouldn’t be mixed. The plumbing in my house has been there quite a while with several glued ABS to PVC joints without fail.

    Again, check codes (especially the one about needing a permit/license/inspection).

    An electrician once owned my house, he used plastic 2 inch conduit for drain pipe. It worked fine but I thought it was a bit unusual.
    Not sure if it is still true but approximately 10 years ago a friend needed to have some drain work done on her home in San Francisco and was required to use all copper for any venting or drains that were being replaced or changed. Probably fire and earthquake protection.

    ABS Drain Pipe

    I’m not sure if this helps in your location, but my local Lowes lumber yard carries ABS black plastic pipe as well as PVC white plastic pipe. This is in Southern Illinois. I’m not sure if all of the Lowes stores carry it though.
    Good luck on your project.

    Thanks for the responses folks.
    As of now I only have to redo some shower and toilet drains, but I will have to cut the main vent stack to properly install the subfloor. All of the piping is on one common wetwall.
    It’s going back in the same configuration it came out, so I don’t think I’ll need an inspection. I’ll call the town in the morning.

    Thanks for the tip about lowes. I’ll have to check it out.
    I remember the two local Home Depots used to have different color drain pipe. One store had black, the other white. They also have seperate colors for gutter material. One store has white, the other has brown. Wierd huh?

    Looking for a little plumbing help here folks. I need to remove some drains temporarily to replace a subfloor. I will need to cut some of the black ABS drain lines to put the sub floor back in. All the pipe the local Home Depot has is White. Can I mix the two pipe colors? and is there a special adhesive. I think Oatleys has a special product, not sure though. I can work high pressure air, water, steam and hydraulics systems, but plumbing seems to mystify me.:confused: This whole ]]>